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Automotive Technology

2020-21 Automotive Technology (PDF)*

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Automotive Technology two-year degree program is designed for students seeking a career in
today’s automotive service industry. The program builds rapidly from fundamentals and theory
into diagnosis and repair of today’s modern automobiles based upon Automotive Service Excellence
(ASE) standards.

The design of the program places heavy emphasis upon actual hands-on work in the automotive
labs. Approximately two-thirds of the time spent in the program is in a lab (shop) environment
where the student applies theory to diagnosis and repair of a wide variety of domestic and import
automobiles. As the level of student skill develops, so does the difficulty of the repairs performed.
If students intend to transfer to Oregon Tech’s Bachelor of Applied Science degree program, transfer
courses should be chosen from the list of electives where possible. See an advisor for more information,
or visit

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for automotive technology are:  

Diagnose and repair all major vehicle systems.

Document repairs of vehicles accurately and descriptive of concern, cause, and correction.

Effectively locate and utilize technical information required for vehicle repairs.

Work safely and responsibly within all shop standards and environmental guidelines.

Successfully pass at least two Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) technical skill assessments and function collaboratively as a member of a team to achieve specified and measurable results.

Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of employer expectations and ethical work practice.

Strategize professional growth in automotive industry.

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined through the Placement Process. In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Students must also meet certain program requirements in the first and third terms, and complete any prerequisites before advancing in the program.

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies. In order to ensure that coursework is current, program courses over five years old must
be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core
requirements. College Now credit will be accepted in accordance with current agreement. Verified
Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certification and industry experience may be substituted for
some coursework in accordance with college policy and the department chair’s approval.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all courses in this program with a grade of “C” or better to receive their
degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these
courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade.

Course No.
Course Title
CIS/CS__ Approved Computer Information Science or Computer Science class, CIS120/CS120 or above or documented computer proficiency within the past ten years 0-2
MTH20 Pre-algebra or designated placement score 0-4
RD90/WR90 College Reading/Fundamentals of Composition or WR91 Fundamentals of Academic Literacy (WR91 substitutes for
both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement score
  Total Prerequisite Credits 0-14
General Education Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
BT101 Human Relations in Organizations or
PSY101 Psychology of Human Relations
BT113 Business English I or
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing
COMM100 Basic Communication 3
HE112 Emergency First Aid or
HE261 CPR/BAsic Life Support Provider
LIB101 Introduction to Information Literacy or
LIB127 Introduction to Academic Research
MTH63 Applied Algebra I or
MTH60 Fundamentals of Algebra I or higher level math
  Total General Education Credits 15-16
First Year Technical Requirements
Course No.
Course Title
First Term
AM120 Automotive Maintenance and Trades Practices 6
AM122 Gasoline Engines Rebuild 7
Second Term
AM111 Electricity for Automotive Technicians 7
AM131 Engine Dynamics and Diagnosis 7
Third Term
AM141 Manual Transmissions and Transaxles 6
AM151 Automotive Brake Systems 6
Fourth Term (Summer)
AM190 Automotive Repair Lab I 1 4
AM270 Air Conditioning for Automotive Technicians 5
  Total First Year Credits 48
Second Year Technical Requirements 2
Course No.
Course Title
Fifth Term
AM160 Automotive Suspension and Steering Systems 6
AM232 Computerized Engine Management Systems 7
Sixth Term
AM233 Advanced Automotive Computer Systems 7
AM242 Automatic Transmissions and Transaxles 7
Seventh Term
AM210 Mechanical Careers Development  1
AM252 Advanced Diagnostic Lab 4
AM280 Cooperative Work Experience/Automotive or
AM290 Automotive Repair Lab II
  Total Second Year Credits 36
Total Program Credits

1 Can be taken anytime during the program with permission of adviser.

2 Students must be making progress in completing general education requirements prior to entry into the second year.

For more information, contact the Automotive Technology Department:

Grants Pass or Medford: 541-956-7140
Toll free in Oregon: 800-411-6508, Ext. 7140
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711
3345 Redwood Highway • Grants Pass, OR 97527

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